Archive | September, 2010

NEWS: Festival funding submerged

As public sector spending cuts disseminate from Whitehall, the Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP) has announced the withdrawal of it’s recently instigated Emerging Festival Fund. In an email to the city’s arts communities and strategic partners, BCP manager Simon Bennett stated that in light of the government’s ongoing spending review, ‘projects that had not formally committed their […]

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IN BRIEF: A Unique Surprise

Local singer/songwriter Unique, aka Natasha Brown, has found a new platform to showcase local musicians and lyricists. Under the banner Let’s Not Pretend, Unique has organised unannounced jam sessions along various bus routes across the city. “We came up with the idea after coming back from playing at The Yardbird in town,” says Unique, “I […]

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INTERVIEW: Soweto Kinch

The New Emancipation is the latest body of work from Jazz/Hip Hop saxophonist and lyricist, Soweto Kinch. Released on September 27th The New Emancipation explores just what its moniker describes, with Kinch focused on what he sees as the shackles of modernity. “It (The New Emancipation) takes its inspiration from the history of emancipation and […]

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NEWS: An institution reopens

The HMV Institute is open for business. Digbeth’s historical venue has hosted tea dances to techno and most things in between. But previously marred by management issues, crippling maintenance costs and an awkward layout to capacity ratio, the prominent Eastside venue has changed direction more than most in the city. Now with three bold new […]

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